Dead Guy Ale
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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Ranked #13
Ranked #14,039
3.94 | pDev: 12.44%
Jul 21, 2022
Sep 05, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
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Ratings by BitteNochEinWeissbier:
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
1.5 x 12 oz bottle
Glass: 0.5L Pokal
Pouring Temp: 50.6 F

Deep and slightly hazy copper with an initial 2-finger creamy light beige head. The head dissipates to a thin but consistent cover with excellent soapy lacing down the glass.

Tons of sweet bready malts laced with honey and either toffee or caramel. There is also a subtle earthy note along with hints of floral hops.

Starts with bready malts and toffee then a strong earthiness asserts itself and dominates the taste. A light bitterness also appears alongside the earthiness and grows throughout the sip.

Smooth feel. Body is medium with a slight lean towards the lighter side.

A nice beer full of strong but balanced flavors. It reminds me of an ESB more than a Maibock, but regardless, it is a solid brew.

My ratings reflect how the beer smells/tastes/etc as a Maibock.
If this was categorized as an ESB my ratings would be more akin to the following (give or take):

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Combo: 3.94
Jun 05, 2022
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.26 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by altrio

Jul 19, 2022
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Reviewed by MackJones33

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious for an American maibock. Was not a fan of rogue beer, but this one is delicious, I recommend it, 6.8 and bitterness around 30. Smooth and doesn’t get yoy drunk !!
Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by zotzot from Vermont

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by jrpapajcik from Illinois

Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

May 22, 2022
Rated: 4 by Shumoo from New York

May 16, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by Cdips from North Carolina

May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
L: classic dark whiskey colored beer, light white head. Looks like it belongs on a postcard.

S: gingerbread malts, a little alcohol bite, sweetness, and dark fruits.

T: follows nose, feels very Christmasy. There some pineapple in there too but it’s so well blended it’s hard to tell. Something just stands out I’m not sure what it is.

F: medium- full body. Not heavy, just says hello.

O: felt more like a winter beer than a spring one, but happy to try and enjoy it. This is a local brew and the style isn’t represented enough where I live otherwise I would have tried the style years ago. This nails what I imagine a classic winter/spring hearty food ol beer would taste like.
May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by RiverJim

May 05, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Connybumbum from Colorado

May 02, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by cabsandking from Ohio

Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by adamstef

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Apr 06, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Beecham from California

Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by Rhetion from Florida

Mar 10, 2022
Rated: 3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by riptorn from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75
Canned 3 months ago on 10/19/21
Poured into a shaker, small head that thinned out quickly. Minimal lacing, glass might not have been beer-clean. As seen in at least one other review, honey-colored is the best color descriptor. Rising effervescence.
Smell is malt, floral and apple
Taste is semi-malty with slight grapefruit bite
Feel is okay. Nothing spectacular and nothing off-putting. Bitterness balances the taste and feel.

Hard to rate this one. I wish the "Overall" rating carried more weight here. Each individual attribute is better than mediocre, but the sum of its parts is much better than one might think if considering each aspect individually. It's a good, solid, well-rounded tasty beer. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but if I was at the store and on the fence about what to buy and saw it, I'd remember, "Hey, that was a good one"
Jan 21, 2022
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Rated by backblast from Alaska

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin white head and moderate lacing.

Tastes of sweet malt, a little caramel but overall very light.
Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by n_william from Illinois

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Myboymi from Kansas

Jan 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Haven’t had this one in like a decade. Floral notes, caramel and bready malt. Light grapefruit and lemon. Fairly sweet but nice mild dry floral bitterness on the finish. Solid balance and drinkability.
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 3.22 by lsudduth from Ohio

Dec 11, 2021
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Neah, neah... nope
Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by CobraChicken

3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Everyone keeps saying that this is heavy on the malt. I was expecting a nice malty flavor but was greeted with something a little more akin to an IPA due to the heavy addition of bitter hops. Beautiful honey color and a sweet smell on the pour. I am not an IPA fan, so this wasn’t for me- however, I liked this better than other hoppy beers.
Dec 02, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2021
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Rated by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very good ale.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a beautiful murky caramel. A few fingers of tan bubbly, foam rises and recedes to an off white ring leaving soapy lacing. Nose is green apple, honey, and sweet malt. Taste is honey, oak, roasted malt, biscuit, grass, and lemon. All melding together perfectly to create a truly delightful masterpiece. Feel is silky smooth and very full. Love this and will buy more.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is an interesting Octoberfest type beer. Smell is of spices and orange peel. Has a full bodied feel. Taste is a bit all over the place. I don't know if this beer wants to be a marzen or a pale ale. You get a bit of honey along with a nice Bock hop taste. Some citrus with coriander. Interesting beer and can't say I've had one quite like this.
Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Dark amber small white head, not much retention. Way to dark for the style.
Smells of caramel, brown bread, for the most part it smells good.
Tastes initially sweet but a huge hit of bittering hops hits you straight away. The hops completely drown out the malts. A Maibock should be malt forward with the hops way in the background. I can’t say this is a bad beer it’s just not anything like a maibock.
Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Utica_Club_1971 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
From a 12 oz can dated 6/18/21 -- exactly 3 months ago. Purchased at MV Wine & Spirits, Martha's Vineyard.
Poured into an ordinary tumbler.

I normally only drink IPAs but decided to give this a shot since this store has increasingly tended to stop stocking my favorite IPAs, which also happen to be inexpensive (Jai Alai, Zombie Dust, Racer 5, etc), and replaced them with beers that go for $21 for a 4-pack. This Dead Guy Ale was something like $12.50 for a sixpack.

Dark amber color, very little head. Smells malty. Actually to this IPA drinker, it smells very, very malty. And sweet. Not much lacing, although I admit that I've never understood why that matters & never pay attention to it. (Full disclosure: the tumbler I'm drinking it from is made of plastic. The horror! The horror!)

The taste is, at first, very malty, like a porter or a stout. But it then yields some complexity, with some of the typical hoppy flavors (grapefruit, pine, etc) asserting themselves. There is a definite temporal aspect. The taste changes over a second or two, as it does in all beers worth drinking.

The mouthfeel is towards the thick, stout side, but it's not as viscous those porters that make you feel like you're drinking a malted milk shake. It's quite pleasant. It's pretty much what I consider perfect texture for a beer, something missing in many IPAs — even the good ones. Carbonation is also at the goldilocks point; not too bubbly, not too flat.

Overall I'd say it's very good. I'm enjoying it. But I don't expect it to buy it again anytime soon because I'm really not a big fan of malty beers. If you like porters & stouts & maibocks, you should read reviews of Dead Guy Ale written by people who like those kinds of beers. They're sure to be more helpful than this one.
Sep 18, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by magikbagel from Wisconsin

Sep 18, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
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